Urban sound planning, local air quality and quality of life

Competences: 
  • Urban sound mapping using in-house developed state-of-the-art calculation techniques. 
  • Fast and accurate sound mapping at shielded urban locations.
  • Extended knowledge regarding the quiet side concept based on sound propagation modelling between urban canyons and perception of environmental noise.
  • Designing urban streets to reduce noise exposure at pedestrians and along facades.
  • Modelling local air quality by exploiting the link between noise levels and air pollutant concentrations near road traffic.
  • Quality of life studies related to urban road traffic based on noise mapping and surveys.
  • Detailed modelling of the acoustic effect of building envelope greening measures.
  • Intelligent, distributed environmental noise monitoring in cities.
  • Soundscape assessment based on sensor networks including automated source identification and anomaly detection (acoustic data mining).

Key Publications: 
  • "Parameter study of sound propagation between city canyons with coupled FDTD-PE model", T. Van Renterghem, E. Salomons, D. Botteldooren; Applied Acoustics, 67 (6), p. 487-510, 2006.
  • "Correlation analysis of noise and ultrafine particle counts in a street canyon", A. Can, M. Rademaker, T. Van Renterghem, V. Mishra, M. Van Poppel, A. Touhafi, J. Theunis, B. De Baets, D. Botteldooren; Science of the Total Environment, 409 (3), p. 564-572, 2011.
  • "The potential of building envelope greening to achieve quietness", T. Van Renterghem, M. Hornikx, J. Forssen, D. Botteldooren; Building and Environment, 61, p. 34-44, 2013.